The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has openly criticized veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie for raising an alarm alleging his life was being threatened.
This is coming following a role that showed the actor portraying what seemed like Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the IMN, who has been in detention since December 2015.
In the yet-to-be released flick by Anosike Kingsley Orji, the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria was reportedly depicted as a terrorist organization.
According to IMN, the movie titled “Fatal Arrogance” was sponsored by the “Nigerian Army to cover up the alleged December 2015 massacre of Shiites by soldiers where 348 people were allegedly killed.”
The IMN responded by releasing a statement, saying Pete Edochie allowed himself ‘to be used’ and should stop wailing as he wasn’t threatened.
The Islamic group also claimed the movie was similar to a book written by a ‘military apologist’, Kuanum Terrence
In the statement by its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, the group said Edochie attempted to give IMN a bad name by attracting “cheap sympathy” from Nigerians with his narrative.
“The petition written by the IMN to the Inspector General of Police and the Film’s Censors Board doesn’t threaten anyone’s life. Issuing of threats has never been in our character
“Pete Edochie should be honourable enough to accept that he allowed himself to be used to further vilify victims of one of the worst state-sponsored massacres of its citizens. He could still redeem his name as other actors in the ill-fated film are doing.
“If Edochie has any character as he claims, he would not have accepted to act any role in a film that seems to change the narrative and distort history based on a book distorting facts! If he had any integrity, he would not have accepted to appear in a movie tarnishing the image of an oppressed personality like Sheikh Zakzaky and still think he did nothing wrong because the Sheikh was not mentioned by name.
“Any serious artist worth the name must, first of all, undertake some kind of serious research to get the facts of any script brought to him right.
“Had he been bold enough to cross-check, he would have realized that genocide took place in Zaria in 2015 where over a thousand Nigerian lives were wasted by the sponsors of the film.
“He would have come across the very many attempts by the perpetrators to hide these heinous crimes, firstly by the burial of their victims in mass graves, an internationally recognized crime…
“He would have realized the matter is currently a subject of investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The script before him is a continuation of that desperate attempt to distort facts.”
The IMN has petitioned Inspector-General of police over the movie as well as the Films and Censorship Board.